Youth Officer - Engagement & Experience
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Full Time, Ongoing Role
Tax Reducing Salary Packaging + Car + Car Parking + Other great benefits!
The St Vincent de Paul Society and its wide network of volunteers provide practical frontline support, advocacy and friendship for the most vulnerable members of the community. If you are someone who wants to do life changing work and make a real impact upon the people in your community then please read on!
We have a new opportunity for a vibrant and motivating individual who is passionate about the empowerment of young people and who wants to positively influence the lives of children and young adults across Victoria!
The Youth Officer - Engagement & Experience will create and deliver meaningful engagement opportunities and volunteer experiences for students at school. They will do this through the coordination and facilitation of workshops and events, as well as providing unique experiences such as the Soup Van Street Retreat for older children entering young adult stage.
You are a passionate advocate and a positive role model who easily stirs up motivation and energy in young people. You understand that creating meaningful experiences for children from a young age is pivotal for the continuous engagement and commitment of people across any program or organisation.
Known for your fantastic communication skills, you will quickly and easily build strong relationships with students and stakeholders. Presenting ideas to young people is an area in which you thrive, you will have managed projects end to end and will be excited about showcasing your organisational and leadership skills in a place committed to helping others.
This is a unique and truly fabulous opportunity for someone who wants to contribute their talents and positivity to an organisation with people at its centre.
- A Mini Vinnies conference is a Vinnies group based in a primary school. Students and a coordinating teacher come together to do good works in their community such as fundraising and food collections.
- Soup Van Street Retreats (SVSR) are a meaningful service learning opportunity for a small group of senior secondary students and staff to attend a guided experience on a Soup Van. Prior to attending, students and staff undertake a preparatory educational workshop and receive debriefing after each Soup Van stop.
- Workshop facilitators are volunteers who are trained to deliver educational workshops to students about the Society and our works.
- Mini Vinnies Gatherings are events that bring together Mini Vinnies conferences in a particular region to build stronger connections to the Society, share ideas, network and contribute to joint projects.
More about the Youth Engagement Team
The primary aim of the Youth Engagement Team is to build a vibrant and active youth membership. Their core work is to respond to the needs of young members, build their leadership capacity and support them to deliver good works in the community. There are a number of Youth Officer roles in the team. Each Officer role carries a portfolio area and will work collaboratively across portfolio areas when required.
- Tertiary qualifications (Bachelors or higher) in a related discipline, including Education, Social Sciences or Community Development
- Ability to promote the ethos of the St Vincent de Paul Society to young people to deepen their commitment to social justice and assisting others
- Confidence and ability to speak in front of large groups and facilitate learning discussions with school groups
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Project Management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Drivers license
Knowledge / Experience
- Leadership experience working with youth, including the ability to develop collaborative working relationships
- Experience in program and/or project coordination
- Excellent organisation and time management, including the ability to set priorities
- Experience in networking and collaborating with a variety of stakeholders
- Empathy and understanding of the ethos and mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society
- Highly positive and enthusiastic style capable of motivating others.
- Open to new work practices and responsive to change
- Willingness to vary normal working hours
Why work for us? We offer:
- Excellent working hours of 37.5 hours a week
- Tax Reducing Salary Packaging + Car + Car Parking + Mobile Phone + other fantastic SVDP benefits
- We are committed to professional development to make sure that your career keeps growing while you’re working with us
- We make an incredible difference in the lives of over 300,000 people every year
- We believe in families, so we like to provide a family-friendly environment in which to work
- We have a very diverse infrastructure portfolio which keeps the job interesting!
- We offer a place where you know you are contributing to a charitable organisation committed to helping others. We are passionate about #Social Justice
- We have some great talent who are happy to share their experience and skills to help you on your way
- We live and breathe our values
Vinnies changes lives every day
If making a difference in your local community is important to you and you meet our essential requirements we can’t wait to hear from you. Please send us your updated CV and a cover letter that tells us a little more about you and why you would be perfect for the role. Please click here for a copy of the Position Description.
*A valid Drivers License is essential*
Applications close: Sunday 24 November 2019
Interviews will be held on Monday 2 December 2019
Please note that prior to any offer of employment, pre-employment checks must be completed. These will include psychometric testing, reference checking, a national criminal history check and current working with children check.
St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is proactive in supporting child safety